Friday, March 26, 2010

Tapping into Grant Money

In an effort to get people back to work a lot of new government programs have been developed. There is grant money available for career training. Many of our students are able to take advantage of such programs to pay for their freight broker training. We do not get the grants for our students but we have been paid with grant money. So if you are thinking about training to become a freight broker or another career option available through pajamalearning.biz do a little research on the availability of grant money for education. Do an online search. Many churches now have jobs ministries like H.O.P. E. (helping others procure employment) that help individuals find the money for training as well as give help with interviewing skills, resume writing and more.

As you work to prepare for work consider a combination of online as well as live learning. In our school students often take our live courses for two weeks then take the online course for 6 months. The combo gives you a very solid education in the transportation industry and freight brokering.
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Being a freight broker is similar to being in real estate or insurance. You are your own boss. You can choose to go it alone or you can work as an agent for an established freight broker. Just like an insurance agent might be independent or work under State Farm. Owning a brokerage and bringing on agents makes a lot of sense and is how brokers are seeing explosive growth. These agents create AR. Your fixed cost as a broker are minimal. And the pay is 100% commission.

Entrepreneurs do great as freight brokers agent. The costs to start up are a lot less than a franchise but as an agent you have the support of a freight broker.

Give us a call if you have any questions.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach
www.brooketraining.com
www.transportationtraining.com
www.pajamalearning.biz

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Be a DaVinci

Leonardo DaVinci was an incredibly imaginative artist, creator, and inventor. He had a personality blend that exists in only 10% of the population. When you look through lists of wildly successful entrepreneurs you find this same personality merging. I found this personality test on the Internet that determines if a person has this innate style. Take a minute to take the 10-question test. Order the book if you’d like. I have no tie to Garret LoPorto, the author of the Davinci Method, I just relate to much of the personality he outlines.

I have seen all types of personalities come through our freight broker training. We teach a method that anyone can use to develop a successful career as a freight broker entrepreneur. The most successful have many of these DaVinci personality traits.

Anyone can play it safe through life but I find excitement is found when you reach beyond yourself and try things that cause you some fear.

We’d love to see you in class soon or online. Freight Brokering is an exciting fast passed career full of challenges and rewards. Our instructors not only teach you the hows but also are great at inspiring students to push themselves to success.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach

Live course: www.brooketraining.com
Online course: www.justintimefreight.com

P.S. Take advantage of the TWO for ONE tax time special now through the end of April. With every paid student, one gets in free. Bring your partner, spouse or friend.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Learn Freight Brokering Special

Tax time special: Two for One!!

Get trained to succeed as a freight broker and bring someone along for free. As a tax time incentive we are offering our excellent live freight broker course at two for the price of one. Come and bring your partner, wife or another to any of our locations in this month and April to learn our proven method for becoming a successful freight broker both for the cost of one. Here our the dates and locations of our upcoming courses

March 22-26 (Dallas/Ft. Worth)

April 12-16 (Jacksonville, FL)
April 19-23 (Dallas/Ft. Worth)
April 19-23 (Ontario, CA)

Call today to sign up (214) 206-1169 or go online to www.transportationtraining.com

No matter the state of the economy there is a need for freight brokers to get products transported from manufacturers to the end user market. Learn how to succeed in this fast paced and interesting world of freight.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach
www.brooketraining.com
www.transportationtraining.com
www.justintimefreight.com

Monday, March 8, 2010

I want to be a goat farmer

What do you know about how other people spend their day? Mitchell York gives us great insight into the agricultural experience. I want to be a goat farmer how about you? Mitchell's article give great insight into this "free spirited" life.

By Mitchell York, About.com Guide to Entrepreneurs

These Entrepreneurs Move their Own Cheese
Saturday February 27, 2010

Emily and Michael

I first met Emily Sunderman when we both worked at CMP Media, a publishing company on Long Island, in the 1990s. She was a business analyst and a great person. We both moved on and I hadn't heard of her again until I stumbled upon her online. Wouldn't you know it, she and her husband, Michael Lee, are entrepreneurs. Their cheese-making business, Twig Farm, is based in Cornwall, Vermont. We reconnected and she and Michael were gracious enough to take time away from the goats to answer some questions about their entrepreneurial journey. I told Emily before she answered these questions that, looking at her website, I wanted to be a cheese farmer in Vermont just like her! After our interview, that fantasy hasn't changed. Thanks Emily and Michael, and continued success!


What has been your greatest success as entrepreneurs? And your biggest failure?

Biggest failure first. We tried raising buck kids for the Easter market this Spring--hundreds of hours of labor, lots of purchased feed, and we lost our shirts at the livestock auction. Live and learn. Greatest success is we make a good product that we're proud of and that people need, or at least want, very much.

What advice do you have for would be executive-to-farmer entrepreneurs?

Animals don't take weekends, holidays, or two weeks paid vacation. There aren't very many people who want to work Christmas so you can drive to Auntie's.

When I went to your website, my reaction was, "I wish I was a goat cheese farmer!" It looks so idyllic. What's it really like to be in the cheese-making business in Vermont?

It's a lot of fun doing one shitty job after another-sort of a definition of farming. If you know that to begin with, it makes it all a lot easier. Specifically to the cheese-making side of things, we're part of a friendly community that rarely sees one another. We make a ridiculously small quantity of cheese, and have gotten very good at saying, "We don't have any more cheese to sell you" in lots of very gentle ways.

Why did you get into this business, and what were your goals when you started in 2005?

I don't remember.

How have your outlook and goals evolved since then?

We have a goal to take a family vacation next year.

What's a typical day like?
Michael gets up at 4:45 to set up to milk the goats. By around 5:15 he gone out-this time of year wearing a headlamp as it is dark-to find the goats in the pasture and lead them to the milking parlor. Milking and cleaning up are complete by around 7:30 and then Michael gets the milk into the cheese vat to start warming up. We have breakfast together around 8:00 then chase down shoes for our toddler. Michael drives our three year old son Carter to day care and Emily starts email and telecommuting at her job as a web traffic analyst. The cheese is usually ready to stir when Michael gets back from daycare drop-off and the cheese made is usually in the molds by lunch time. We generally have cheese sandwiches together at noon. After lunch Emily goes back to web traffic and Michael moves fences for the next pasture rotation or some other regular farm chore. Michael sets up milk around 3:30 and is done with afternoon milking and clean up around 5:45. Emily goes to pick up Carter from daycare at 5 and is back around 5:45 and we cook dinner and play at being pirates or firefighters. After dinner the cheese is usually ready to move to the brining process in our walk-in cooler, so Michael moves the process along. We take turns putting Carter to bed, and then read the New Yorker and do email before turning in for the night.

Has the larger economy (oil prices, feed prices etc) affected your business and if so how have you adjusted your strategy?

Yes-feed has doubled in price since we started four years ago. We've raised our prices a little and are now buying milk from other farms as well so we can make bigger batches of cheese.

What do you love most about your business?

No boss!

What do you like least about your business, or hate most, if you feel that way?

It is no fun when an animal gets sick and neither we nor the vet can make them better.

Michael does cheese-making, Emily does marketing and web support. Who does everything else? Do you two do it all?

Emily looks after the bookkeeping and marketing. We have a high school student that helps us on Sunday mornings with packaging cheese for shipment. We also have help with milking on Saturday mornings when Michael sells cheese at farmer's market and on Sunday afternoons so we can have family time. Michael takes care of the animals and makes and ages the cheese, and everything else.

Moving forward,

Jeff Roach
www.brooketraining.com
www.freightbrokertraining.com (see our new look!)
www.pajamalearning.biz